Phases of detoxing
How to detoxify your liver
This is the exciting part. We are getting into the nitty gritty of detoxing.
You now have all the information to see which filter needs your help, and so in the next few posts, I am going to show you how to do it.
your body is equipped with 5 elimination organs in order to filter out the waste.
There are three different phases of detoxification our body goes through to excrete toxins.
Two of the key phases of detox – Phase I and II – occur within the liver.
is generally considered the most important organ for detoxification. Additionally, it also controls the synthesis and removal of cholesterol, plays a key role in blood sugar regulation, produces clotting factors, glycogen, releases bile, destroys old red blood cells, and stores vitamins and minerals. Remarkably, the tireless work and non-stop efforts of the liver filter 1.3-1.5 litres of blood every single minute!
It is important to know that the liver can easily be overburdened and that poor liver health is always playing a factor in any kind of diseases.
Great news is that this major organ regenerates relatively quickly when you follow the steps below.
STEP No. 1
Change your diet.
- Take out from your diet the foods that are damaging to your liver or that make your liver work extra hard. These include: sugars, unhealthy fats such as fat from cheese, red meat, trans fats, hydrogenated fats and all the oils that are not cold pressed, alcohol, coffee, processed grains, pastries, dairy and fried foods.
- If your liver is struggling, (usually this means that you have a fatty liver or have had a virus such as Epstein Barr or hepatitis) it is good practice to avoid or take out completely the following foods as well, for a few weeks or months or as much as you can: all healthy fats with the exception of flaxseed oil, all fried foods, fruits that have a high content of sugar, and grains.
STEP No. 2
Support the phase I & II of the detoxification process with nutrients and herbs.
The key herbs to restoring and repairing healthy liver function are : Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Reishi mushroom, Astragalus root, Desmodium, Turmeric root, Schizandra berry, Ginger, Cardamom, Globe Artichoke and Chicory root.
Nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, play a major role in liver detoxification, acting as cofactors for many enzyme systems.
The major nutrients that play a role in the two first phases of detoxification are: a variety of B vitamins, amino acids, vitamin C, zinc, vitamin A, flavonoids. choline , vitamin E, magnesium, selenium and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) (precursor to glutathione).
Liver glandular is a great way to get many important nutrients including B vitamins, choline, that you will need to help to support liver function, regeneration and repair.
Some of the main herbs & botanicals include:
Milk Thistle has been used as a traditional remedy for over 2000 years. This herb protects the liver against toxins and has been used successfully to treat chronic liver diseases. Milk Thistle contains a class of plant compounds called flavonoids of which silymarin and silybin are the best studied. These compounds exert a substantial effect on protecting the liver from damage as well as enhancing detoxification processes.
Silymarin prevents damage to the liver through several mechanisms: by acting as an antioxidant, increasing the synthesis of glutathione, preventing viral infection and by increasing the rate of liver tissue regeneration. It also helps prevent inflammation and supports heavy metals detoxification.
Sulforaphane is found in cruciferous vegetables. This group of veggies contain natural compounds called glucosinolates that support liver detoxification and hormone elimination pathways.
Sulforaphane precursors are abundant in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale with the highest concentration found in broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Unfortunately, cooking partially destroys enzymes needed to produce sulforaphane so cruciferous vegetables should be consumed raw.
Supplementing with broccoli extract is also a good alternative way to get the benefit of this molecule.
Glucaric acid, also a major anti-cancer, is found in many fruits and vegetables with the highest concentrations in oranges, apples, grapefruit, and cruciferous vegetables.
As I mentioned above, as a general rule of thumb, it is a good practice to give your liver some support 1-2x/year at least, and that is if you are leading a relatively healthy lifestyle. If you have a habit of drinking alcohol regularly, you eat sweets or lots of fried foods, I would suggest taking care of your liver at least 3-4x/year.
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